Time for our no-longer-weekly garden update!
This isn’t the happiest one ever, though, for a couple reasons:
Reason #1: My Nikon is in the shop, hopefully having a shard of SD card (don’t even ask how it happened; I have no idea) removed from its card slot. Keep yer fingers crossed for me, OK?
Reason #2: You’ll see.
But let’s start off on a happy note, ok?
Remember my sad, wimpy little romaine lettuces? And how I repotted them without any real hope that they’d thrive?
2 words: Hells. Yeah. (Err…except the lil’ guy at the back there, but I’ve started rotating the pots every couple days so he should catch up soon.)
These things are now larger than my other pot of lettuces, despite having waited in limbo for a few weeks. Why the sudden growth? Well they have more space and sun in their new pots, for one. And also, these pots contain a roughly 2/3 to 1/3 mix of superfancy potting soil (from the University Gardens center) and plain ol’ topsoil. I’m not an expert, so please don’t try this at home (or at least, not on my recommendation). But I am happy with how it worked for me 🙂
I mean, don’t you just want to NOM?! Soon, little friends, soon. I will eat you. And then I will be happy and you will be dead. Circle of life.
My hyacinth vines are coming up really speedily, thanks in part to the crazy torrential rain we’ve had this week. I think that helped them come out of their dormant dry beanshell phase faster.
And look! Pepper plant!
This is just a representative sample; though the other 6 little darlin’s are doing equally as well I am proud of them and all their hard work – growing big and strong! Now if I could just figure out what’s nibbling on their leaves…
So here’s where things get a little less-than-perfect. My basil:
Pretty OK, right? It’s not as yellow as the picture above makes it seem, though I would hazard to guess that it could benefit from a few days of no rain.
But here’s what I’m a little worried about. A couple of the leaves (all bottommost) look like this:
What’s making them get so yellow? Too much rainfall? Not enough sunlight? And what’s up with that ugly black/brown spot? Could I just pull these leaves off and throw them away? SHOULD I? Remember, I’m the know-nothing here, and you’re the expert. Even if you don’t know anything either, it’s probably less nothing than my nothing.
Here’s where I get really sad.
My poor tomato! I’m heartbroken over this – what did I do wrong? And how do I fix it?
The bottom branches are dying.
And the higher-up branches look like this:
See how they’re all curly-uppy, and dark?
Even the topmost branches are starting to get that way:
Can it be saved?
Oh and some of the tiny little blossoms are dying, too!
Please? Help me help it?
I’m worried I have to throw it away, and I don’t want to. I’ll be so disappointed 😦
If nothing else, let’s blame Mr. Gnomie.
The lazy bastard’s still asleep.
Seriously – can anybody help me and my poor little plants?